Week two of the 2008-09 season for Show Racism the Red Card began at Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers FC for the club’s second ever SRtRC event.
The suite was packed out by 120 young people, from 4 local primary schools, who were excited to take part in a Q&A with an experienced panel. The audience were also treated to a preview screening of the new Show Racism the Red Card film. The panel consisted of two first team Wycombe Wanderers players, Lewis Hunt and Nathan Ashton, Show Racism the Red Card Honorary Patrons Leroy Rosenior, Dean Gordon and Dave Bassett and Yvette Thomas, who is the Equality, Diversity and Cohesion Advisor at Buckinghamshire County Council.
Yvette was kind enough to say a few words of support at the beginning of the event and stressed the County Councils commitment to tackling racism in local schools and the importance of reporting racism to the young people. The new SRtRC film was well received by the audience and provided a good stimulus for the questions that followed.
The panel responded well to a host of questions. If the event had lasted for another hour the supply of questions would not have been exhausted! Dean had the unenviable task of picking his favourite three questions, the lucky winners received SRtRC T-Shirts signed by the panel and had their photographs taken with the panel by the club’s official photographer, Ross Jeavons. The questions that received prizes were from Rachael, Atia, Dylan and were:
- How many people have you stopped being racist?
- What happens more, racist violence or name calling?
- Have their been any Nazi gangs and name calling at football?
All of the young people who attended received SRtRC goody bags containing resources such as the magazine and wristbands. The schools were provided with copies of the 2005 SRtRC DVD and education pack to take away with them. The event was covered on the club website and footage was filmed for inclusion. SRtRC would like to thank all of the panel for taking part and the schools for attending what was a memorable event. Next year, the club have indicated that they would be interested in hosting an all day event including morning workshops. My thanks and those of the campaign to the club and particularly Dave Evans and Aqeel Akram for all of their help in organising the afternoon and their support of the SRtRC campaign.